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Chicken nugget post had the most retweets in the UK in 2017

A tweet from a 16-year-old who wanted a year’s free supply of chicken nuggets was the UK’s most retweeted of 2017.

After fast food chain Wendy’s set Carter Wilkerson a target of 18m retweets to get the food, he tweeted: “Help me please. A man needs his nuggs.”

And the internet stepped up. It’s been shared 3.6m times globally and is now the most retweeted post of all time.

Jeremy Clarkson and Jermain Defoe also appear on the UK’s 2017 list.

In April, the teenager told Newsbeat it was “super fun” to see his tweet get so many retweets.

Wendy’s went on to give Carter the free supply – despite him not receiving the set target.

Second on the list was Ariana Grande responding to the terror attack at her concert in Manchester in May, which was shared 1.1m times worldwide.

Ariana Grande

After the show she wrote: “Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have words.”

Jermain Defoe’s tribute to his “best friend” Bradley Lowery completes the top three with 240,000 retweets.

After the six-year-old died, following a fight with a rare type of cancer in July, the footballer tweeted: “Sleep tight little one.”

Fourth on the list was a tweet from former US President Barack Obama, who captioned a picture of children from different ethnic backgrounds with a message of equality.

Despite having a total of 1.1m retweets, fewer of those users were based in the UK than those who shared Jermain Defoe’s tweet.

Former footballer Andy Johnson is fifth on the UK list after he supported Aaron Lennon as he battled with mental health issues.

He’s closely followed by Jeremy Clarkson dabbing, a police officer who raised awareness for a suicide prevention line and Peter Crouch suggesting a picture of him with giraffes was spending “time with family” which all have more than 100,000 shares.

The top 10 is rounded off with a picture raising awareness of how to spot breast cancer and a tweet with a caption to a video of Jeremy Corbyn clapping his hands as he walks down some stairs.

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GQ editor: Jeremy Corbyn photo shoot was ‘tortuous’

The editor of GQ has been less than flattering about Jeremy Corbyn and his team on the day the Labour leader appears on the magazine’s cover.

Dylan Jones told the Today programme Mr Corbyn‘s photo shoot was “as difficult as shooting any Hollywood celebrity”.

Mr Corbyn‘s former spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin claimed Mr Jones had not been in the room for the interview and said the editor’s politics were “well known”.

Carl Sargeant: Hundreds gather for funeral of ex-minister

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Image caption Family and friends of Carl Sargeant said they wanted the service to be a celebration of his life

Hundreds of mourners have gathered for the funeral of ex-Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant in Flintshire.

He was found dead days after being sacked by First Minister Carwyn Jones amid allegations about his conduct.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among politicians attending from all major parties, with many people gathered outside the church in Connah’s Quay.

Mr Jones said he would not be going out of respect for the wishes of the family.

The first minister has said he hopes “they can celebrate Carl’s life in peace and without distraction” at the funeral, taking place at St Mark’s Church.

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns, UKIP Wales leader Neil Hamilton and former Plaid Cymru leader Lord Elis-Thomas were among those attending.

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Image caption Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (R) and Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami (L) attended the service

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami, who arrived at the service with Mr Corbyn, said: “It’s been very difficult for everyone.

“The number of people here shows what Carl meant and what he did.”


Eye-witness account from Daniel Davies, BBC Wales political correspondent

A large crowd has gathered outside the church on a cold, sunny day in Connah’s Quay, with politicians from all parties in attendance.

At the request of the family, formal dress is not being worn; people have been asked to wear white ribbons, the symbol of the campaign to end violence against women.

The order of service included eulogies, hymns and poems, while the entrance music was Home by Michael Buble.

At the end of the service, the congregation was asked to sing Dirty Old Town by Ewan MacColl – Mr Sargeant’s favourite karaoke song.


Flintshire council deputy leader Bernie Attridge, a lifelong friend of Mr Sargeant, had predicted it would be the biggest funeral held in the church “certainly in my lifetime”.

“Family and friends are not seeing it as a funeral but as a celebration of Carl’s life,” he said,

It is understood Mr Sargeant, 49, took his own life four days after losing his job as cabinet secretary for communities and children over claims of inappropriate behaviour towards women.

He vowed to clear his name but was found dead at his home on 7 November.

Mr Jones said he had no alternative but to remove Mr Sargeant, who was AM for Alyn and Deeside, from his cabinet.

An inquiry into how Mr Jones handled the sacking of his colleague will be held as well as a separate investigation into whether he misled AMs with allegedly differing answers concerning bullying allegations dating back to 2014.

Two former senior government figures have said Mr Sargeant was one of those affected by a bullying culture.

Carwyn Jones not attending Carl Sargeant funeral

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Image caption Carl Sargeant’s funeral is taking place on Friday in Connah’s Quay

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones will not attend the funeral of Carl Sargeant on Friday, he has confirmed.

The ex-Labour minister was found dead days being sacked by Mr Jones amid allegations about the AM’s conduct.

BBC Wales understands that UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will attend the Connah’s Quay service.

Mr Jones said he and his wife Lisa “respect the wishes of the family” and hope “they can celebrate Carl’s life in peace and without distraction”.

The first minister has faced criticism over how he handled allegations against Mr Sargeant, who was suspended from Welsh Labour pending a party probe into allegations by women about his “personal conduct”.

An inquest found the provisional cause of Mr Sargeant’s death was hanging.

Mr Jones said he had “no alternative” but to sack the AM for Alyn and Deeside.

He has since ordered an independent inquiry into how he handled Carl Sargeant’s sacking.

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Image caption Carwyn Jones said he respects “the wishes of the family at this time”

In a statement on Wednesday night Mr Jones said: “Lisa and I would have liked to attend the funeral on Friday to pay our respects to our friend.

“However, we of course respect the wishes of the family at this time, and would hope they can celebrate Carl’s life in peace and without distraction.”

Meanwhile the secretary of Carl Sargeant’s Constituency Labour Party, Shelly Streeter, told BBC One’s Wales Live programme that the first minister has lost the confidence of grassroots members.

She said Mr Jones’s position was “untenable” after Mr Sargeant’s death.

Image caption Shelly Streeter said it maybe time for Carwyn Jones to “move aside for somebody with a bit more empathy”

Ms Streeter said: “He’s been leader for a long time now, maybe it’s time for him to move aside for somebody with a bit more empathy or somebody who might be more professionally inclined towards his work colleagues.”

She and Flintshire council deputy leader Bernie Attridge are angry Mr Sargeant was sacked before an investigation was carried out and was not told details about the allegations.

Mr Attridge – a childhood friend of Carl Sargeant, and deputy leader of Flintshire council – said he was considering leaving the Labour Party over the way Mr Sargeant was treated.

“I am a fully paid up member of the Labour Party – I’m deputy leader of Flintshire county council, I’m the portfolio member for housing which I’m passionate about – but I am seriously considering, is the Labour Party for me?”

“If he knew the way Carl has been treated, at the end of the day that wasn’t the Labour party he joined,” he said.

The Welsh Government and Welsh Labour have been asked to comment on Ms Streeter and Mr Attridge’s comments.

Wales Live, BBC One Wales, 22:30 GMT

Prince Harry and Meghan: More royal wedding details expected

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Media captionMeghan Markle has revealed that Prince Harry proposed on a Sunday night at home

More details on the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expected to be revealed later.

Clarence House announced on Monday that the couple were engaged and planning to marry in spring, but no details of the ceremony or specific date were given.

In their first joint TV interview, the prince said “beautiful” Ms Markle “just tripped and fell into my life“.

And the fifth in line revealed he had proposed to the American actress as the couple were making roast chicken.

‘Incredibly happy’

The announcement, which was issued by Clarence House, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s official residence, said details about the wedding day would be unveiled “in due course”.

However, the Archbishop of Canterbury has indicated the couple will have a church wedding, saying the pair had “chosen to make their vows to God” in a religious ceremony.

And royal watchers have mooted that the date of the wedding is unlikely to be in April, as Prince Harry’s sister-in-law the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third child around that month.

After news of the engagement was released, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were “delighted for the couple and wish them every happiness”.

Prince Charles also said he was “thrilled”, while Ms Markle’s parents, Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, said they were “incredibly happy”.

Prince Harry’s brother Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, who were married at Westminster Abbey in 2011, said they were “very excited for Harry and Meghan”.

‘Very romantic’

On Monday, Prince Harry revealed he proposed earlier this month during a “standard, typical night for us” at his home in Kensington Palace.

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“It was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet, and natural and very romantic. He got on one knee,” Ms Markle said.

Prince Harry said: “She didn’t even let me finish. She said, ‘Can I say yes.’

“Then there were hugs and I had the ring in my finger.

“I said, ‘Can I give you the ring?’ She said: ‘Oh, yes, the ring.’ It was a really nice moment. Just the two of us.”

Turning to Ms Markle, Prince Harry said: “And I think I managed to catch you by surprise as well.”

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Image caption Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was designed by Prince Harry

The ring was designed by Prince Harry and features two diamonds which belonged to his late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.

The band is made from yellow gold and at the centre is a diamond from Botswana, where the couple went camping at the start of their relationship.

Ms Markle said it was a sign of “Harry’s thoughtfulness”.

She had obviously not been able to meet his mother, she said, but it was “so important to me… to know that she’s a part of this with us”.

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Media captionPrince Harry and Meghan Markle posed for the cameras in the garden at Kensington Palace

Their couple’s 16-month relationship began in July 2016 when they met through mutual friends in London.

They made their first public appearance as a couple in September at the opening ceremony of the Invictus Games, a sporting event set up by the prince for injured, wounded and sick soldiers.

Their married home will be the prince’s current residence, Nottingham Cottage, on the grounds of Kensington Palace – where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte, also have an apartment.

The 36-year-old star of US legal drama Suits has confirmed she will be giving up acting and with her new role focus even more energy on the causes that are important to her.

She is already involved with humanitarian work and is a women’s advocate with the UN.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were among the politicians to congratulate the couple.

However, Downing Street has said there are no plans for a bank holiday to mark the wedding after the possibility was mooted on social media on Monday.

Newspaper headlines: Royal wedding announcement hailed

Image caption Unsurprisingly nearly every newspaper in the country has led with the news that Prince Harry has become engaged to American Meghan Markle. The Daily Express leads the charge with the headline “the look of love”. The Express reports Prince Harry said: “When did I know she was the one? From the very first time we met.”
Image caption The Telegraph’s front page is adorned with a picture of a beaming Prince Harry and Ms Markle in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace. The paper reports the fifth in line to the throne proposed to his bride-to-be over a roast chicken supper.
Image caption The i claims the union between the “divorced American actress” and the prince will be a “royal wedding like no other”. Its front page the paper states Ms Markle will become the first mixed-race member of the Royal Family.
Image caption The Metro is dubbing Tuesday’s issue the “royal engagement special”. The paper highlights Ms Markle’s engagement ring, which was designed by Prince Harry.
Image caption The Sun has employed a classic Robbie Williams track in its headline on Harry and Meghan. “She’s the one” sums up the story in three words.
Image caption “The stars were all aligned,” is the quote from Prince Harry the Daily Mail chooses to focus on for its headline, along with a promise of a 24-page glossy souvenir magazine.
Image caption The Daily Mirror states that diamonds owned by Prince Harry’s mother were used in the engagement ring designed for Ms Markle
Image caption The Daily Star has seen an opportunity in their front page story, campaigning for a bank holiday for “party-loving Brits” to celebrate the royal wedding, “sparking a 72-hour knees-up”.
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Image caption Left-wing supporters of Jeremy Corbyn have begun a “purge” of centrist local councillors in a bid to put their candidates up for local election, the Times claims. The paper says politicians across the country have been deselected in favour of candidates aligned with the Momentum campaign group.
Image caption Brexit Secretary David Davis could be in contempt of parliament after providing “heavily redacted” reports on the impact of leaving the EU to a select committee, the Guardian reports. MPs have accused Mr Davis of leaving out “politically embarrassing” information after refusing to include anything that could be considered market sensitive.

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Corbyn: I was never supposed to be called Jeremy

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Image caption How different would the chant at Glastonbury have been if Mr Corbyn had another first name?

His name was chanted by crowds at Glastonbury and emblazoned on T-shirts – but Jeremy Corbyn says he was never meant to be called “Jeremy” at all.

The Labour leader said his parents had agreed a name for him shortly after his birth, in 1949 – only for his father to change his mind on the way to having it registered, without telling his mother.

“I was supposed to be called something else,” he told comedian John Bishop.

Mr Corbyn said his parents had never revealed their first choice of name.

The MP made the disclosure during TV channel W’s John Bishop: In Conversation with Jeremy Corbyn programme, which airs at 21:00 GMT.

He told the comedian: “My mum and dad agreed what I was going to be called and he took the papers to go off and register the birth – and then he changed the name.”

Asked if his father, David, made the name-swap without consulting his wife, Mr Corbyn replied: “Yes. To her dying day, she would never tell me what it was.

“I said, ‘Can’t you tell me what it was going to be?’ She said, ‘I can’t tell you.’ So we can only speculate.”

Neighbour’s bet

The chant “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” – to the tune of the White Stripes’ hit Seven Nation Army – became a bit of an anthem during the Labour leader’s appearance at Glastonbury this year, while a T-shirt featuring his surname above the Nike logo was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum for one of its galleries.

Describing his family life, Mr Corbyn revealed he felt he had “fallen by the wayside” by going into politics while his three older brothers all became engineers and scientists.

He spoke of his devastation at the death of his geologist brother, Andrew, from a brain haemorrhage while on an expedition to Papua New Guinea, saying that going there to collect his body was “one of the most horrifying and horrific things” he had ever done.

Mr Corbyn also revealed that a neighbour had placed a bet on him to win the Labour leadership at a time when the odds were 200-1.

“Every day I go out on that campaign, he said, ‘Are you going to win?'” said Mr Corbyn. “I said, ‘I don’t know.’ He said, ‘Look, I’ve put a lot of money on this – you’ve got to win.’ No pressure, like. I was like, ‘I’ve got to win this for him, now.'”

Jeremy Corbyn criticises Hammond’s Budget

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Universal credit: Households to miss out on benefits over festive season

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Thousands of people on universal credit will not be paid over the festive season or will get a reduced payment.

About 67,000 people who work and are paid weekly will be hit, the Department of Work and Pensions says. Some will have to reapply for the benefit.

That is because there are five paydays that month, so their monthly income will be too high to qualify – the benefit is based on a calendar month.

The government says the benefit anticipates people’s circumstances.

Universal credit merges six benefits for working-age people into one new payment, which is reduced gradually as you earn more.

The Department for Work and Pensions warns on its website that people who are paid five times in a month may have an income that is too high to qualify for the benefit in that period.

It says people will be notified if this happens and told to reapply for the benefit the following month.

Other people who are paid fives times in a month but do not earn enough for universal credit to end will have their benefit reduced.

Rolled out

The government said the payments balance out, as claimants will receive more in the following month.

It said those who reapplied for the benefits would not have to submit new forms and would have their current claims restarted.

Universal credit is being rolled out across the UK in stages, but its implementation, particularly the sixweek wait to receive the benefit, has caused controversy.

This week Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told Prime Minister‘s Questions that hundreds of families have been issued with eviction notices by a landlord concerned about the impact of universal credit.

Carl Sargeant death: Inquest set to open in Ruthin

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Image caption Carl Sargeant died on Tuesday after an investigation was launched into his conduct

An inquest into the death of former Welsh Labour minister Carl Sargeant will be opened on Monday.

The 49-year-old married father-of-two, who had been Alyn and Deeside AM since 2003, was found dead at his home in Connah’s Quay, Flintshire, on Tuesday.

It is understood Mr Sargeant took his own life, four days after being sacked from his job as cabinet secretary for communities and children.

He was removed amid allegations he had “touched or groped” a number of women.

Mr Sargeant was facing a party investigation into claims about inappropriate personal conduct and had been suspended from the Welsh Labour party when he died.

Meanwhile, fresh claims about bullying in the Welsh Government have been made by a former adviser to Wales‘ first minister.

Steve Jones said he agreed with former cabinet minister Leighton Andrews, who has described a “toxic” atmosphere at the top of the administration.

The Welsh assembly’s business last week was cancelled as a mark of respect following his death.

Mr Sargeant’s family called him “the glue that bound us together”, adding they were “devastated beyond words”.

Image caption North Wales Police was called to an address in Connah’s Quay on Tuesday morning

Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones said he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the death and paid tribute to “a friend as well as a colleague”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Sargeant’s death was “deeply shocking news” while Prime Minister Theresa May said her “heart goes out to Carl Sargeant’s friends and family”.

Mr Jones sacked Mr Sargeant from his frontbench after the first minister learned of a number of alleged incidents involving women.

There will be an independent inquiry into how Mr Jones handled the case.

The north Wales coroner will formally open the inquest in Ruthin on Monday.